San Diego Trial Lawyer Discusses Gag Order in Murder Trial

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In the emotionally charged case of sex offender John Gardner and the deaths of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, the legal question of need to know versus right to know is prevalent with the gag order surrounding the case. Dan Gilleon explains more on KUSI-TV in San Diego.

Attorney Daniel Gilleon of the San Diego law firm Mitchell | Gilleon ( recently appeared on KUSI TV’s morning news program to discuss the intricacies and balances that must be identified and distinguished in regards to the right of free speech in an emotionally-charged legal situation versus the right of a family that was traumatized by the murder of a loved one. The issue dealt with the San Diego case of John Gardner and the accusations against him in regards to the murders of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.

The free speech issue arose in regards to a proposed ruling by the trial judge on a gag order that had been issued to protect the gruesome details of the cases being brought against the defendant. The balancing act that exists between the freedom of speech rights and the need of the community to know the details of the murders versus the families’ rights to protect those details from the public is a decision that’s common in highly publicized murder trials.

Attorney Gilleon offered insights on this balancing act and the difficulty of the judge’s decision on KUSI TV in San Diego on the morning of April 22, and Mr. Gilleon provided the legal framework for viewers concerning the aspects of law that the judge needed to consider before issuing a final ruling.

About Daniel Gilleon

Attorney Gilleon is a senior partner and founder of the personal injury San Diego law firm of Mitchell | Gilleon, a firm that dedicates its practice to litigation on behalf of its clients. Mr. Gilleon focuses his practice of law in the areas of personal injury, employment law and civil rights. Mr. Gilleon has appeared on several different media outlets explaining these legal issues in different contexts during his legal career. Gilleon has been successfully practicing California accident and injury law and exclusively representing injured people for nearly twenty years and has extensive trial experience with several significant verdicts.

About Mitchell | Gilleon Law Firm

Mitchell | Gilleon is a San Diego personal injury law firm that represents clients in legal matters pertaining to serious injury, civil rights, employment law matters, elder abuse, legal and medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, real estate litigation, sexual harassment, wage and hour disputes and wrongful employment termination, among others. For over 20 years the firm has fought for the rights of San Diego residents and has recovered millions for their clients. The firm’s Web site can be found at the URL


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